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The oval lathe. Part 1. History of oval turning.
AMERICAN WOODTURNER Jun 1990 (v.4#4) pg. 29

El Cheapo tripod lathe is designed strictly for bowl turning. The angle-iron legs are easily removed for portability.
AMERICAN WOODTURNER Sep 1990 (v.5#1) pg. 25

The oval lathe. Part 2. The oval lathe mechanism.
AMERICAN WOODTURNER Sep 1990 (v.5#1) pg. 26

Spindle or "centers" turning. Advice on selecting a lathe looks at the head stock, tool rest, and tail stock.
AMERICAN WOODTURNER Dec 1990 (v.5#2) pg. 6

The oval lathe. Part 3. Oval turning techniques.
AMERICAN WOODTURNER Dec 1990 (v.5#2) pg. 26

Left-handed woodworker describes modifying a lathe for left-handed use.
AMERICAN WOODTURNER Sep 1991 (v.6#3) pg. 27

Stationary power tools. Some thoughts for the beginner. Looks at table saw, radial arm saw, jointer, shaper, band saw, lathe, and thickness planer.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Sep 1985 (v.1#3) pg. 20

Decorative turning lathe. Part 2. The motor drive, motor pedestal, and hand tool rest. (Part 1 of this project was published in the Spring 1987 issue).
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Summer 1987 (v.3#2) pg. 28

Decorative turning lathe. Part 4 (Conclusion). The index plate and universal cutting head.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER Winter 1987 (v.3#4) pg. 53

Shop-built wood lathe is constructed mostly of plywood. It uses a 1,725-rpm motor in a direct-drive arrangement. Est. cost: $30.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #27 Jul-Aug 1992 pg. 48

Tips on purchasing your first lathe.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #38 May-Jun 1994 pg. 16

Buyer's guide to wood lathes.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #41 1995 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 94

Buyer's guide to wood turning lathes.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #48 1996 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 102

Mini lathes. Buying guide and user test of six different models.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #52 Jun 1996 pg. 55

Buyer's guide to bench top, floor, mini, copy and bowl lathes.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #55 1997 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 90

Buyer's guide to wood lathes.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #62 1998 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 96

Buyer's guide to wood lathes.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #69 1999 Tool Buyer's Guide pg. 102

Annual buyer's guide to wood lathes.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #76 Fall-Winter 1999 pg. 86

How to buy a lathe.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #83 Fall-Winter 2000 pg. 78

Using a portable electric drill as a wood lathe for small projects, such as this turned holder for finger rings.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Jun 2002 (v.25#8) pg. 12

The lathe. Exploring the art of wood turning. Tips, tools, and techniques.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Feb 1980 (v.3#5) pg. 16

Information on buying a wood lathe. What to look for and what you can expect to find. Seven models compared.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1980 (v.3#6) pg. 39

Build your own wood lathe using a bench grinder head as the headstock, iron pipe as lathe bed, wooden stand, etc. Est. cost: $125 plus motor.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Aug 1982 (v.5#11) pg. 43

Photograph shows a homemade adjustable-speed V-belt system for an old woodworking lathe.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Nov 1983 (v.7#2) pg. 10

Various methods for holding wood on the lathe described.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jul 1986 (v.9#10) pg. 17

Wood block and rubber strap secures a Dremel Moto-Tool and allows it to be used as a lathe when making miniature table tops.
CREATIVE CRAFTS & MINIATURES #90 Dec 1982 (v.8#6) pg. 60

The hobby lathe, a major step toward professionalism. Tips on using small lathes (such as the Dremel Moto-Lathe) and various accessories to fabricate miniature items.
CREATIVE CRAFTS & MINIATURES #92 Apr 1983 (v.8#8) pg. 58

Build your own hobby lathe. A 1/4" drill is attached to a simple wooden base. Turn stock up to 2" thick and 10" long.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #222 Oct 1981 (v.31#8) pg. 110

Tip: How to add a second (auxiliary) electric motor to a lathe to safely turn a larger wooden piece than a lathe can handle on low speed.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #249 May-Jun 1984 (v.34#5) pg. 155

A review of the ornamental turnings produced by Frank Knox on his Holtzapffel lathe, made in 1853. A close look at the tools and techniques involved with this unique machine.
FINE WOODWORKING #4 Fall 1976 pg. 46

Tuning up your lathe. Improve a lightweight lathe by building a heavy timber base and adding a foot-operated clutch. Other tips for improving any lathe are included.
FINE WOODWORKING #25 Nov-Dec 1980 pg. 80

A shop-made bowl lathe. A 16-speed bowl lathe which may be expanded to a full-size bed (spindle turning) lathe by addition of tailstock and base. Est. cost: $204 + motor.
FINE WOODWORKING #31 Nov-Dec 1981 pg. 78
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #33 Mar-Apr 1982 pg. 4

How to use a wood lathe equipped with a sanding disc to produce a perfectly round tabletop.
FINE WOODWORKING #32 Jan-Feb 1982 pg. 18

Control lathe speeds by adding a countershaft between the motor and lathe headstock.
FINE WOODWORKING #37 Nov-Dec 1982 pg. 93

Turning giant bowls (up to 40" diameter). Ed Moulthrop's tools and techniques. Includes details of homebuilt lathes specifically for large faceplate turning.
FINE WOODWORKING #41 Jul-Aug 1983 pg. 48

Use an electric drill and a V-belt to reverse the rotation of lathe projects while sanding.
FINE WOODWORKING #42 Sep-Oct 1983 pg. 8

Build an outboard lathe from an automobile rear wheel and axle bearing.
FINE WOODWORKING #48 Sep-Oct 1984 pg. 8

Outboard lathe for turning large wooden plates is built mostly from wood, including hard maple bearing blocks equipped with grease fittings.
FINE WOODWORKING #52 May-Jun 1985 pg. 10

Shop made lathes. (1) Low-cost wooden longbed can handle up to 8-ft. work. Est. cost: $200. (2) Heavyweight lathe, made from structural steel, knocks down for portability. (3) Super-size bowl lathe which swings up to 8-ft.
FINE WOODWORKING #57 Mar-Apr 1986 pg. 44
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #58 May-Jun 1986 pg. 4
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #60 Sep-Oct 1986 pg. 4
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #82 May-Jun 1990 pg. 10

The Old Schwamb Mill (Arlington, Mass). How an eccentric lathe is used to make oval (or round) picture frames from wood.
FINE WOODWORKING #58 May-Jun 1986 pg. 74

Sliding motor mount for a lathe has advantages over the usual hinge-type mount.
FINE WOODWORKING #76 May-Jun 1989 pg. 12

Economy lathes. A user-test of nine bench top lathes costing $73 to $498.
FINE WOODWORKING #77 Jul-Aug 1989 pg. 52

Beer-box lathe. Shop-built lathe is made from maple and readily available hardware. Each of the components (headstock, tailstock and tool rest) are separate and are clamped to a sturdy bench when in use.
FINE WOODWORKING #77 Jul-Aug 1989 pg. 54

A new twist for turners. Guide to selecting and using a pivot head lathe which is ideal for bowl turning.
FINE WOODWORKING #98 Jan-Feb 1993 pg. 82

A makeshift modeler's lathe is improvised from a motor tool (rotary tool) and a metal bookend (for the tailstock).
FINESCALE MODELER Mar 1996 (v.14#3) pg. 88

Those new bench top tools. Part 5. Wood lathes.
HOMEOWNER May 1984 (v.9#4) pg. 64

Wood turning lathe is built mostly from wood. Features a saw mandrel as the headstock and a screw-adjustable tail stock. Optional sanding wheel and table complete the unit. Est. cost: $50.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #489 Feb 1969 (v.65) pg. 86

How to shop for a wood-turning lathe. A summary of the important features to look for.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #541 Jun 1973 (v.69) pg. 106

Build a lathe for $20. It will accommodate wood up to 3 feet long and 1 foot in diameter.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #62 Mar-Apr 1980 pg. 80

How to build a "bare-bones", "make-do" wood lathe.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #85 Jan-Feb 1984 pg. 114

Wood lathe survey. Includes a chart of 20 manufacturers' lathes and suggests items to look at when shopping for a wood lathe.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #98 Mar-Apr 1986 pg. 86

Build a wood lathe for $10.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1963 (v.120#2) pg. 170

Wood turning fun for beginners. Simple projects that can be turned on a $15 lathe.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1969 (v.132#5) pg. 196

Make a faceplate wood lathe from odds and ends.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1970 (v.134#5) pg. 194

Small wood lathe is powered by a portable electric drill. Most of the lathe is built of 3/4" plywood, with stock hardware used for tail stock crank, toolrest and adjusting devices.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1975 (v.143#4) pg. 104

How to use your wood lathe like an expert. Basic lathe parts. Basic lathe chisels. How to sharpen turning tools
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1978 (v.150#1) pg. 96

Tabletop wood lathe is built mostly of wood. Uses a Dremel Moto-Shop to supply the power. Estimated cost: $6 + Dremel tool. Turn small spindles. Ideal for model making.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1980 (v.154#2) pg. 98

Homemade lathe is made from a washing machine motor and some wood.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1981 (v.155#3) pg. 158

Becoming a wood turning expert. Part 1. Fundamentals. The lathe, lathe tools, turning a cylinder, turning a square-shouldered spindle, lathe speeds, etc.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1985 (v.162#4) pg. 102

Comparing wood lathes.
POPULAR SCIENCE Nov 1963 (v.183#5) pg. 176

Wood lathes-how to buy and use one. Includes charts of (1) lathe specifications, (2) common accessories, (3) lathe chisels and (4) correct speeds for various types of work. Accessory disc-sander table you can make is shown.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1976 (v.208#2) pg. 93

Don's ultimate lathe. Advice on constructing a massive lathe with a 40" swing for turning large bowls. The headstock and motor end is constructed by stack laminating particleboard and plywood to form a large, heavy pedestal.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #64 Jan 1992 (v.11#4) pg. 71
Added Info POPULAR WOODWORKING #66 May 1992 (v.11#6) pg. 6

Jig for converting your drill press into a light-duty lathe. The cutting tools are made from ordinary flat-blade screwdrivers.
SHOPNOTES #5 Sep 1992 (v.1) pg. 14

Wood lathes. Choosing the best lathe for your needs.
WOOD MAGAZINE #6 Aug 1985 (v.2#4) pg. 68

Back-to-basics shop lathe is built from plywood and particle board. It combines a hefty bed, headstock, and tailstock with 1" shafts. Powered by a 1-hp motor. Est. cost: $475.
WOOD MAGAZINE #16 Apr 1987 (v.4#2) pg. 62
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #25 Oct 1988 (v.5#5) pg. 26
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #33 Feb 1990 (v.7#1) pg. 16

Lathes. Buyer's guide to 29 machines.
WOOD MAGAZINE #38 Oct 1990 (v.7#6) pg. 70
Correction WOOD MAGAZINE #40 Jan 1991 (v.8#1) pg. 13

Low-cost wood lathes. What to look for in models priced under $600. Shop tests and evaluations of 10 models.
WOOD MAGAZINE #64 Oct 1993 (v.10#7) pg. 42
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #70 Jun 1994 (v.11#4) pg. 6

Buyer's guide to wood lathes. Twenty nine different models listed.
WOOD MAGAZINE #73 Oct 1994 (v.11#7) pg. 60

A professional wood turner's tips for tuning a mini-lathe.
WOOD MAGAZINE #101 Dec 1997 (v.14#8) pg. 14
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #107 Aug 1998 (v.15#5) pg. 4

Mini-lathes. A look at how they compare with full-sized lathes and key points to consider when buying one. Includes shop tests of four models.
WOOD MAGAZINE #101 Dec 1997 (v.14#8) pg. 50

What to look for when choosing a lathe.
WOODTURNING #15 Jul-Aug 1993 pg. 70

Modifying a Record DML24 lathe to turn bowls larger than 9" diameter.
WOODTURNING #21 Apr 1994 pg. 72

Tip on adding measuring marks to a tool rest and tailstock using a triangular file.
WOODTURNING #22 May 1994 pg. 73

Design for a more flexible ornamental lathe uses a large pneumatic die grinder to cut the patterns and a horizontal plywood table/jig to guide the cutter.
WOODTURNING #24 Jul-Aug 1994 pg. 50

Revamping a Record DML24 lathe. (1) Relay-controlled starter switch. (2) Improved locking handles. (3) Bowl-turning modifications. (4) Extended spindle capacity.
WOODTURNING #25 Sep 1994 pg. 7

Homemade lathe combines a portable electric drill, part of a hand brace (for tailstock), revolving vise (for toolrest) and a simple wooden base.
WOODTURNING #25 Sep 1994 pg. 72

Build a heavy-duty bowl lathe using an A-frame design. It will handle up to 30" diameter work piece and has a good range of speeds from a 2hp motor.
WOODTURNING #29 Feb 1995 pg. 57

Build a low-cost "platform lathe" for copy turning, ornamental turning or thread cutting. Part 1. (1) Building the lathe (constructed of wood and ordinary hardware). (2) Using a router copying device lathe accessory for copy turning.
WOODTURNING #31 Apr 1995 pg. 58

Build a low-cost "platform lathe" for copy turning, ornamental turning or thread cutting. Part 2. Using for ornamental turning and thread cutting.
WOODTURNING #32 May 1995 pg. 50

Photos and description of a simple shop-built lathe designed to turn large bowls (up to 4-ft. diameter). Built mostly of 4"x4" wood.
WOODTURNING #34 Jul-Aug 1995 pg. 60

One man describes how he designed and built a bowl-turning lathe from an automobile driveshaft, a rolled steel joist, motor, pulleys, boiler pipes, brake discs, a bicycle pedal crank arm and other scrap parts.
WOODTURNING #42 May 1996 pg. 59

Advice on how to make a lathe more versatile. Describes speed reduction via belt-slippage, a freestanding toolrest, installing a layshaft to lower speeds, two bowl-turning toolrests, etc.
WOODTURNING #43 Jun 1996 pg. 56

Tip describes motification for a Clark CWL 6B lathe headstock that eases access to the pulley housing door.
WOODTURNING #46 Oct 1996 pg. 76

A look at the pitfalls of buying secondhand lathes.
WOODTURNING #47 Nov 1996 pg. 71

Drawings and description of an eccentric cutting frame, a type of lathe used to do ornamental turning.
WOODTURNING #52 May 1997 pg. 17

Poor man's rose engine. Converting a home-built platform lathe (see Wood turning #31 and #32) into a rose engine to make ornamental items. Part 1.
WOODTURNING #65 Jul 1998 pg. 46

Poor man's rose engine. Converting a home-built platform lathe (see Wood turning #31 and #32) into a rose engine to make ornamental items. Part 2.
WOODTURNING #66 Aug 1998 pg. 57

Tip on using a laser pen to realign a swiveling lathe head with the tailstock.
WOODTURNING #69 Nov 1998 pg. 83

Wood turners' guide. A comprehensive series of explanations covering all the relevant phrases, terms and equipment used in modern turning. Part 1. Lathe beds.
WOODTURNING #80 Oct 1999 pg. 18

Wood turners' guide. Part 2. Fixed and swivelling headstocks.
WOODTURNING #81 Nov 1999 pg. 58

Wood turners' guide. Part 3. Headstock spindle.
WOODTURNING #82 Dec 1999 pg. 64

Wood turning for pleasure or profit. Hints to beginners on selecting a lathe and the basic tools for wood turning.
WOODWORKER #1033 Dec 1979 (v.83) pg. 724

Wood turning from A to Z. Looking at lathes. Tips on selecting a wood lathe.
WOODWORKER #1062 May 1982 (v.86) pg. 317

Wood turning from A to Z. General points about siting a lathe in the workshop and the best tools to get the beginning turner started.
WOODWORKER #1063 Jun 1982 (v.86) pg. 390

Life with the lathe. Eleven wood turners offer advice on selecting the right lathe for your use. Looks at what is available and tips on their use.
WOODWORKER #1099 Jun 1985 (v.89) pg. 424
Added Info WOODWORKER #1101 Aug 1985 (v.89) pg. 639

Wooden extension for the tubular bed of a Myford ML8 lathe allows turning longer spindles.
WOODWORKER #1103 Oct 1985 (v.89) pg. 800

Patterns for making your own cast metal headstock and bed support for building a wood turning lathe with a 3"-diameter steel tube for the bed.
WOODWORKER #1105 Dec 1985 (v.89) pg. 938

Ornamental turning. Part 2. How to adapt a plain lathe to ornamental use.
WOODWORKER #1112 Jul 1986 (v.90#7) pg. 601

Which way to turn. A list of criteria for selecting a wood turning lathe. A chart evaluates seven different models available in Great Britain.
WOODWORKER #1114 Sep 1986 (v.90#9) pg. 743

Big is beautiful. Some of the do's and don'ts of setting yourself up with a giant lathe.
WOODWORKER Feb 1987 (v.91#2) pg. 100

Design for building a small lathe that allows you to turn both very small and "normal size" pieces. Uses an induction motor as the headstock. Includes plans for an accessory saw table, sander, tailstock centres, etc.
WOODWORKER Mar 1987 (v.91#3) pg. 186
Added Info WOODWORKER Jun 1987 (v.91#6) pg. 539

Lathe stand. A simple and inexpensive structure to get your lathe to the right height. The frame is made from angle iron found in bed frames.
WOODWORKER Jul 1987 (v.91#7) pg. 617

Workshop-made lathe is designed for light work and has a minimum of metalwork.
WOODWORKER Nov 1987 (v.91#11) pg. 1006

Turning east. A look at wood turning techniques in Japan. Includes a description and photos of a unique bowl-turning lathe equipped with a vacuum chuck.
WOODWORKER Feb 1988 (v.92#2) pg. 174

How to re-wire your lathe to allow both forward and reverse motor rotation.
WOODWORKER Sep 1988 (v.92#9) pg. 826
Added Info WOODWORKER Dec 1988 (v.92#12) pg. 1184
Added Info WOODWORKER Jan 1989 (v.93#1) pg. 104

Tip on converting a sewing machine into a lathe for turning small items.
WOODWORKER May 1990 (v.94#5) pg. 493

Simple lathe has a wooden bed, wooden tailstock, wooden tool rest and is powered by an electric drill.
WOODWORKER May 1990 (v.94#5) pg. 493

Turning large sculptural pieces. Includes diagram of a special lathe used to turn forms in excess of 78" diameter.
WOODWORKER Nov 1990 (v.94#11) pg. 1092

Home-made lathe is constructed mostly of wood.
WOODWORKER Apr 1991 (v.95#4) pg. 399

Make your own drill powered lathe from standard-size lumber and ordinary hardware.
WOODWORKER Aug 1993 (v.97#8) pg. 62
Added Info WOODWORKER Nov 1993 (v.97#11) pg. 5

Router faceplate lathe. A hand-operated faceplate serves to hold the turning blank. The faceplate can be aligned in several different positions relative to a horizontal router which does the actual cutting.
WOODWORKER Sep 1993 (v.97#9) pg. 54

The lathe. Looks at basic setup, types of centers, faceplates, safety tips, etc.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1988 (v.12#2) pg. 16

How to use a wood-turning lathe. Part 1.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1965 (v.21#5) pg. 24

How to use a wood-turning lathe. Part 2.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1965 (v.21#6) pg. 26

Portable wood-turning lathe fits on 16"x41" base.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1971 (v.27#3) pg. 15

How to make an extension for a conventional flat-bed lathe that will provide more than eight feet between centers. Est. cost: $30.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1976 (v.32#3) pg. 32

Wood-lathe fundamentals, from faceplate to tailstock. The wood-lathe is the special topic for this issue of the magazine. Several related lathe projects are included.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1979 (v.35#3) pg. 33

Shop-made wood lathe is built mostly from wood.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1979 (v.35#6) pg. 100

Shop made wood lathe assembled from junk parts.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1984 (v.40#1) pg. 60